Study in the States (US Department of Homeland Security)

This is good news for international students and a wise policy move for the United States.  Perhaps the first steps towards laying a groundwork for a national export council for higher education?  I look forward to learning more specifics.  The devil is always in the details.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a new initiative to enhance our nation’s economic, scientific and technological competitiveness by finding new, innovative ways to encourage the best and brightest international students to study and remain in the United States. Foreign students bring invaluable contributions to our nation, and the Study in the States initiative is an important step in empowering the next generation of international entrepreneurs right here in America.

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama made two references to international students.  The first is that the US is “home to the world’s best colleges and universities, where more students come to study than any place on Earth.”  The second is about international students who end up competing against the US (my bold italics).

      One last point about education.  Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens.  Some are the children of undocumented workers…  Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities.  But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us.  It makes no sense. 

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